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Fictional Creatures 2
Circe turned Odysseus's crew into swine!

Fictional Creatures 2

There are, of course, many animals in children’s literature, from The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf of fairy tale fame to Aslan the lion in C. S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles. But they also make many an appearance in adult stories - Buck the tame dog turned wild, and White Fang the wild dog tamed in Jack London’s works for example. Not to mention the mythological creatures, such as Argos, Odysseus faithful dog or Pegasus, the winged stallion. Animals of all kinds have made a lasting impression on the world of literary fiction.

This is the second quiz to test your knowledge of fictional creatures. Can you remember what kind of animals raised Mowgli in The Jungle Book, how the hound was killed in The Hound of the Baskervilles and what type of creature ruled the Earth in West of Eden? See how familiar you are with some of the birds and beasts found in works of fiction by trying this quiz.

1.
In Stella Gibbons' novel Cold Comfort Farm, what is the name of the bull?
Big Boy
Big Business
Big Deal
Big Shot
Cold Comfort Farm is a comic parody of the romanticised and often miserable accounts of rural life by authors such as the Brontë sisters or Thomas Hardy
2.
In Gulliver's Travels, which degenerate creatures are encountered by Gulliver in the Country of the Houyhnhnms?
Gahoos
Jahoos
Wahoos
Yahoos
The Houyhnhnms are intelligent horses and masters of the Yahoos, who are savage humanlike creatures
3.
In the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles, how is the hound killed?
It's drowned
It's poisoned
It's shot
It's stabbed
It's shot several times by Holmes, Watson and Lestrade
4.
In the Harry Potter stories, what type of creature is Griphook?
An elf
A goblin
A gnome
A leprechaun
He's a former employee of Gringotts Wizarding Bank
5.
In Harry Harrison's science fiction novel West of Eden, which creatures rule the Earth?
Apes
Dinosaurs
Frogs
Wolves
In the novel, Earth was not struck by an asteroid 65 million years ago and so the dinosaurs were not wiped out. One intelligent species, the Yilanè, evolved
6.
In Homer's Odyssey, the goddess Circe turns Odysseus's crew into what?
Cattle
Fish
Swine
Turtles
Circe was the daughter of Helios, the god of the Sun. Her brother was Aeetes, the keeper of the Golden Fleece, and her sister was Pasiphaë, the wife of King Minos and mother of the Minotaur
7.
In the Uncle Remus stories, who makes the Tar Baby out of a lump of tar and some old clothes?
Br'er Bear
Br'er Fox
Br'er Rabbit
Br'er Wolf
Br'er Fox is Br'er Rabbit's enemy. He thinks of himself as the cleverest of animals, even though he is often tricked
8.
The dog Montmorency appears in which comic novel?
Blott on the Landscape
Catch-22
The Return of Reginald Perrin
Three Men in a Boat
The opening line is: 'There were four of us'
9.
In Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Mowgli is raised by a family of what?
Apes
Bears
Mongooses
Wolves
Mowgli was separated from his parents as a baby when a tiger attacked as they travelled through the Indian jungle. He is adopted by wolves who name him Mowgli (the frog) because he has no fur and will not sit still!
10.
What is the title of Paul Gallico's 1940 prize-winning novella?
The Snow Goose
The Snow Leopard
The Snowman
The Snowy Owl
The Snow Goose is subtitled A Story of Dunkirk and was published in 1940

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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